Lightweight single wall, two-person shelter with lots going for it: quality materials and construction, ease of set up, interior space and headroom, and storm worthiness – but it has one major problem.
By Will Rietveld
p>Hilleberg calls the two-person Rajd (pronounced "ride") "more than a tarp, yet not quite a true tent." We call it a single wall tent. It's made of Hilleberg's superb Kerlon 1200, which is a high tenacity ripstop nylon triple coated with silicone. It weighs slightly more than standard silnylon, but is more durable and weatherproof. So, how does the Rajd perform under different field conditions, and how does it compare with its competitors?
What's Not So Good
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Recommendations for Improvement
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Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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